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Tania Cameron resigns as federal NDP candidate

Chris Marchand

Chris Marchand served as editor of the Dryden Observer from August 2009 to April 2018.

The Kenora Riding’s NDP is seeking a fresh face to challenge Conservative MP Greg Rickford in 2015.

Two-time NDP candidate Tania Cameron cited family reasons as she announced she would not be seeking the nomination at the riding’s executive meeting on Feb. 27.

“This last campaign, I had a really barebones budget and we were able to increase our votes. I’m so thankful for the relationships I was able to build,” she said. “A lot of these people, I count as my friends now and I’m thankful to the party for connecting me to them.”

Cameron led the NDP to a third place finish in the 2008 election with 23.2 per cent of the popular vote and her support grew to a second place 27.9 per cent in 2011.

In 2012, she became the face of the Idle No More movement in Kenora, where she formally distanced herself from the party to organize rallies and information sessions around a series of federal bills she argued violated First Nations’ treaty rights.

“I never plugged the NDP but my awareness of the parliamentary system, being able to look at these bills helped me draw conclusions that they weren’t First Nation-friendly. I personally saw them as an attack on my treaty rights. I can’t say that played a role in the NDP but my being able to connect with so many people helped people understand why I was looking at it this way.”

Riding association vice president, Marlene Elder credited Cameron for raising the visible profile of the NDP.

“What she has done, particularly with her work with Idle No More recently, has brought more First Nations interest in our party, more understanding of the federal political process, not just with First Nations but increased involvement with women’s groups, with environmentalists, with people who are just plain fed up with the Conservatives.”

Cameron will remain active with the NDP Federal Council will remain president of the Kenora Riding Association until the annual general meeting in the summer.

By Jon Thompson

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